Wrexham man told he had makings of serial abuser


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A MAN who subjected his partner to a series of violent assaults was told by a judge he had all the hallmarks of a serious partner abuser.

Robert Sam Jones, 24, admitted three charges of assault, occasioning actual bodily harm, on an 18-year-old university student.

He also admitted common assault upon her and damaging her property.

Jones, of Darby Road in Wrexham, who had previously been convicted of assaulting an ex-partner, was jailed for 21 months yesterday and made the subject of a three year restraining order not to approach his victim in any way.

The judge at Mold Crown Court, Mr Recorder Geraint Walters, said that he had systematically abused his partner by using real violence including punching, kicking and hurling objects at her.

“You are a bully,” he told Jones. “For reasons I cannot explain you seem unable to control your temper.

“I find it difficult to quite work out what drives a young man like you to behave so violently towards your partner.

“These are not one-off instances, you keep doing it.

“It takes a particular kind of man to be quite so violent towards someone he professes to love.”

The judge branded Jones’ behaviour as disgusting and told him: “You have some very real issues which you are going to have to sort out.

“It seems to me that any partner of yours is a potential victim of this kind of behaviour unless you can sort out your difficulties,” he said.

The judge said he was pleased to learn that while in custody the defendant had volunteered for the courses that were available.

“If you don’t grapple with your underlying problems, you have all the makings of a serial partner abuser,” he said.

That would mean the sentences would become more severe.

A charge of falsely imprisoning his partner, which he denied, was dropped.

Jones, whose family come from Machynlleth, had a number of previous convictions for anti-social behaviour and robbery and was already on a restraining order not to approach a former partner, explained prosecuting barrister Simon Mintz.

The couple only met in November of last year but violence started shortly.

The first happened when he threw at overnight bag at her and smashed her laptop and threw it at her.

Mr Mintz said the second incident involved kicking her out of bed, he pushed her to the floor and threw objects at her.

He stabbed her with a pen and punched her to the nose.

When she went to the hospital he told her to say she had fallen in the shower.

Then for no apparent reason he kicked her legs, punched her to the head and whipped her leg with a belt.

In the last incident he punched her to the nose and caused black eyes.

Marian Massellis, defending, said they were totally unacceptable episodes of violence against his partner.

They were all nasty, he had indicated his guilty pleas at a preliminary stage, and accepted full responsibility.

He had a good upbringing, he had family support and his mother was a paramedic.

His behaviour started to go wrong when he did not take his medication for ADHD at the age of 16 and that coincided with the start of his criminal career.

He recognised a need to change his behaviour and was motivated to address the issues that he had.

She produced letters which she said the defendant had received in custody from the complainant which were in affectionate terms.

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